The perfect gift that lasts all year long.
Adopt one of our animals and become part of our zoo family.

The Staten Island Zoo is home to more than 1500 animals representing over 300 species of wildlife:  mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and aquatic creatures!  Symbolically adopt an animal to show your support for the Staten Island Zoo and our commitment to conservation.

100% of the proceeds from each adoption helps to provide food, housing, enrichment, training, and medical care for our animals.  You’ll also support education and conservation programs at the Zoo, throughout Staten Island, and around the world!

All adoptions are good for one year.  The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life—or yourself!

$25 Digital Adoption

$35 Adoption

$50 Adoption

  • Printable PDF Adoption Certificate

  • Printable PDF Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution JPEG photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Adoption Certificate

  •  Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Plush version of your animal


$75 Adoption

$100 Adoption

$150 Adoption

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Plush version of your animal

  • Zoo branded tote bag

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Plush version of your animal

  • Zoo branded tote bag

  • Painting by your animal (substitutions may be made if  painting is not available)

  • Adoption Certificate

  • Animal Fact Sheet

  • High Resolution 4″x6″ color photo of your animal

  • Recognition on our website for 1 year

  • Plush version of your animal

  • Zoo branded tote bag

  • Painting by your animal (substitutions may be made if painting is not available)

  • Personalized video message from your animal and their keeper

Please note that actual plush sent may vary from the plush pictured in the photo

Adopt An Animal

More About What Your Adoption Sponsors…

Your tax-deductible adoption helps support our programs and mission to be agents of change in creating a sustainable future and ensuring the conservation of species and habitats on a global scale.  That begins with our animals right here at the Zoo and the work we do each and every day!

Nothing is more important than where our animals live!  Our habitats are designed to replicate each species’ natural environment.  Every day includes time cleaning and maintaining each exhibit, as well as making changes when necessary based on the animals’ behavior, abilities, and stage of life.  Your gift also helps us provide enrichment for our animals to keep their minds sharp and let them have fun! 

Our on-site animal hospital and veterinary staff are able to provide excellent health care through advanced diagnostic testing, digital x-rays, and necessary medications.  Just like us, our animals get a complete physical every year, and specific health plans are designed to keep them in the best condition.  Your gift will help support the unique medical needs of our new born babies, senior animals, and everyone in between.  

When you adopt an animal, you help us make sure the nutritional needs of our animals are met.  Our commissary manager and curator work closely together to develop and maintain unique diets for each of our animals.   At the Staten Island Zoo each year we use:

  • 5,000 pounds of meat for the leopards, hornbills, fossa, and foxes
  • 1,000 pounds of fish for the eagles and otters
  • 12,000 pounds of grain and seed for waterfowl and other birds
  • 27,000 pounds of grain for Children’s Center animals 
  • 2,500 pounds of grain for our mammals
  • 10,000 pounds of hay for our ponies, donkeys, tortoises, sheep, goats, and alpacas
  • 54,600 pounds of produce for our primates and reptiles
  • 780 dozen eggs—that’s 9,360 protein-packed eggs total!

The Staten Island Zoo was the first zoo in the country to include education as part of their mission.  We still adhere to this today, and your gift lets our 60 education animals help us achieve that goal!  They bring conservation to life with up-close experiences for our guests, helping to increase appreciation for wildlife and the natural world.  Each year, they meet:

  • 200,000 guests to the Zoo
  • Over 500 participants in our Zoofari summer program
  • 320 classes at on-site, in-school, and virtual education programs
  • 220 students enrolled in after school programs
  • 90 teachers attending Professional Development courses
  • Tons of families by attending 15 science events at schools in every borough of NYC
  • Local community members at 20 outreach events 

Adopt an animal today and help us keep these animals healthy, fed, and ready to see you when you visit the zoo!

Animal Sponsors

Amur Leopard Family

  • Lucy Katz
  • Sophie Gartenstein
  • Willa Henry
  • Ann Esther Sprizzo
  • Gurveer Partap Singh

Bald Eagles, Liberty & Indy

  • Luke & Evan Cucuzza
  • Alessio Valenti
  • Tristan McCahey
  • Barbara Katz

Black Handed Spider Monkey, Grandpa

Flemish Rabbits, Thumper & Susie

  • Daniel O’Connor
  • Alexandria Sun

Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth Family

  • Celia Santagato
  • Charlotte Hutchinson
  • Gwen Friedman
  • Adopted by Emileo Iovino
  • Nancy & Gary Datrio
  • Mrs. Payne’s 1’st Grade Class Henry E. Harris School
  • Mrs. Tierney’s 1st Grade Class at Henry E. Harris School

King Cobra, Khutulun

  • Christopher Rogers
  • Sabrina Ambrosino

North American River Otters, Shirley & Lewis

  • Helen Parrington
  • Nizar
  • Mariana & Parker Westgate
  • Steven Loria
  • Miss McAride’s 4th Grade Language Arts Classes
  • Christine Mundy
  • Betty Karyczak

Polly The Pot-Bellied Pig & Toolie the Cape Baron Goose 

  • Amy Kaskeski
  • Riley & Brielle Blaine
  • Matthew Giordano
  • Brielle Bishop
  • Addison Drefahl
  • Robert Borrazzo

Ring-Tailed Lemur Family

  • The Zablow Family
  • Peter Arbitrio
  • Sophia & Lucas Zoumboulis
  • Ashley Freed

Rodrigues Flying Fox Family

  • Sunrise of Staten Island
  • Katarina & Nikolai
  • Deanna Giordano
  • Richard McCahey
  • Colin Steele

Keel-Billed Toucan, Adalind

  • Lisa Giordano

Fennic Foxes, Gregory & Remus

  • The Astarbi Family

American Alligators, Thunder & Lightning 

  • Dana Derchin

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes

  • Harold Santin
  • The Future Crosbys
  • Barbara Katz
  • Frankie Shea

Nigerian Dwarf Goat, Peanut

  • Deanna Giordano
  • Jenna Pearse 
  • Mila Mitchell
  • Brielle Bishop
  • Maureen Franz
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Michael Tong
  • Moesha Torres

Southern Cassowary, Kiki

Striped Skunk, Beetlejuice

  • The Third Grade Classes of P.S. 62
  • James McGlyn
  • William Korchma

Honeybee Hives

  • Barbara Katz

North America Porcupines, Juniper & Jibali

  • Ellie Davis
  • Lily Maier

Kangaroo Mob

  • Leah Abildnes
  • Barbara Katz

Bamboo Shark

  • PS 37 – Class X10
  • Hellenic Classical Charter School
  • Lola Perez

Binturongs, Oliver & Onyx

  • The Astarbi Family

Groundhog, Staten Island Chuck

  • Charlie Mayhnard

Ruddy Ducks, John & James

  • The Astarbi Family

Capybaras, Stef & Andy

  • Elan Aldrich
  • Jonathan Williams
  • Dominick Mecca
  • Alex House
  • Max Nilsson
  • Ben Huth
  • David Moss
  • Nelly Zarella
  • Alia Garcia
  • Evan Walsh
  • Antonia  Montana Weir
  • Juan Garcia
  • Ashlee Gervasi & Januario Garces
  • Anthony Joseph Neigel
  • Mihai Neamtu
  • Magatha Magroni
  • Cheese II
  • Ian Hargrove
  • Asher Orlikowski
  • Eleanor Clark
  • Tonya Miller Powers
  • Kristen Moody
  • Noah Lewis
  • Gwen Friedman
  • Christina DeGennaro
  • David Brinson
  • Brookelyn Rollins
  • Marc Warsh
  • Wesley Saunders
  • Molly Gans-Pomerantz
  • Ashley’s Capybaras
  • Grace Arquette
  • Seth Kammerman
  • William McKinney
  • Rebecca Chalmers
  • Henry Kielhorn
  • Courtney Jones
  • Greg Scott
  • Andrew Starbird
  • Matt Lowe
  • Max Fitzsimons
  • John Zepf
  • Kara Locey
  • Eiko Olivia
  • Caroline McCurdy
  • Amelia Stewart
  • Antonio Di Paolo
  • CoughE
  • Courtney Cooper
  • Karen Baker
  • Marc
  • Marc Bermudez
  • Vincent & Samantha
  • Jordyn McKeon
  • Chloe
  • Clark “Capy” Jennison
  • Michael Klikushin
  • Ms. Koutras’ 4th Grade Class
  • Nam-Y
  • Riley Jones
  • Tarik Najeddine
  • George Maguire
  • Cici Riley
  • Grace Lauren Smith
  • Jiang Xiawei
  • Sadie Pearle Carelli
  • Susan J. Soh
  • Tilly Olliver

Three-Banded Armadillo, Gwenivere

  • Kristi Hester

Peacock Ostentation

  • Lois Abildnes
  • Addison Drefahl

Cattle Egret, Justin Biebgret

  • Sarah Kelly

Galapagos Tortoises

  • Julia Kirsch
  • Owen Maier
  • Susan Armstrong

Striped Burrfish, Aaron Burr

Tamanduas, CJ & EJ

  • Trevor Waters
  • Barbara Katz
  • Clara McNutty Finn

Fossa, Zoe

  • Barbara Katz
  • Ellie Harper

Poison Dart Frogs

  • Charles Kuhl

Red Foxes, Helena & Montana

  • Dylan Forcht
  • For Dan the man
  • Gavin Conner
  • Christopher Parrella

Meerkat Mob, Jasmine, Aurora, Mac & Peanut

  • Penelope Blyth
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